A much needed conversation

“Speak to me, God,” I said, while driving through the countryside. I was on my way to a friend’s lake house, in search of the space that used to exist between my shoulders and my ears. I spoke my request and then fell silent. Almost instantaneously, the sweetgrass smell of farms and meadows, the heady…

Wayfaring

Before I was truly awake and functioning this morning, I found myself stepping from a boat into the ocean off the coast of Maui. Relatively calm, with a bit of a southern swell, the water enveloped me like silk, bluer than the summer sky. I adjusted my snorkel mask and entered that silent underworld, the…

A New York minute

I was recently in New York City for the day with my family. As we walked out of the World Trade Center subway stop, we walked onto ground I had only seen in video footage. I’d been to New York City before, but the last time was just weeks before that dreadful 9/11 day. My…

Bring it

I am in Costa Rica, on vacation with my sons. I am mid-hike, halfway up an elevation of a thankfully unknown number of feet. I am standing on the one bit of rock I can balance upon without slipping, while water rushes at and around me. There are six waterfalls behind me, four ahead of…

Yearning for a fleeting insignificance

I told my friend at dinner that I unexpectedly found myself looking at a women’s retreat and spa trip in Bali. She looked puzzled. “I bet you could get 80 percent of that relaxation and recharging just from going away by yourself and not worrying about the retreat part.” Maybe she is right. But the…